Illegal campers targeted this holiday season

Illegal campers beware, Clarence Valley Council Rangers are out in force over the summer holiday period.

Adam Cameron, Acting Director Environment, Planning & Community, said that whist the holidays are a time for everyone to enjoy themselves it also brings additional challenges for Council’s rangers with increased visitors to the area and illegal camping.

“Even though we’ve received fewer reports of illegal camping compared to last year, it is still an incredibly busy time for our rangers who are out and about, ensuring that everyone is complying with regulations.”
“Our rangers have issued around 100 Infringement notices over the Christmas and New Year period”.

 Whilst focus has been on the usual hotspots around Yamba and Angourie, rangers are also increasing surveillance in other areas.

“I would like to acknowledge the Clarence Valley community for reporting illegal camping to us, as a result we have extended our patrols into Wooli, Minnie Waters and Diggers Camp and these will continue throughout the remainder of the holiday period.”

 “Being a Ranger is not an easy job, especially at this time of year when they often have to confront people who are intoxicated and can become argumentative.”

“Anyone who sees illegal camping in the Clarence Valley can report the issue on our website and our team of rangers will respond to these reports as soon as possible,” said Mr Cameron.

Locations are inspected in the morning and evening to determine if any potential illegal campers are planning a stay – infringement notices can be issued for over stayers between midnight and 5am.

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7 January 2021
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